|Christmas in the Lobby!|
Apparently Stock does not normally do high tea events. Our organizer-extraordinaire, Lisa, pulled a few strings, and so we became their guinea pigs. Our table was set-up as a conference style square, in a poorly lit room with a great view of the city. The menu was fantastic with an abundant selection. It was a departure from what you normally get at high tea which I thought was a refreshing change!
|Scones and Croissants|
It consisted of the following:
- Roasted Portobello and goat cheese wraps with charred peppers, arugula, and cured lemon aioli
- Smoked salmon on bagels with cream cheese, capers, and sliced red onions
- Roasted turkey breast with avocado, asiago cheese, spinach, and honey mustard
- Peppered roast beef, Canadian cheddar, and caramelized onions
- An assortment of fruit-filled scones along with cream cheese and preserves
- An assortment of fruit-filled turnovers
- Plain, flaky, buttery croissants
- Chocolate and buttercream mini-cupcakes with chocolate decorations
- Powered-chocolate and coconut-crunch truffles
|Norm, a fellow globetrotter and tea lover!|
As great as the food spread was, the event had its hiccups. I thought the sandwiches were way too thick! They are supposed to be finger sandwiches, not manwiches! As well, they were very stale. The longer they remained on their trays, the drier they got. After a while they were so rock-hard that you could easily use them as paperweights. One of my table companions even joked that they could be used as “weapons”! Even the bagels used for the salmon were thick, and really, you don't want all that bread for something so light and delicate like smoked salmon.
|Turkey manwich weapon!|
The mushroom wraps were delicious, but again, a smaller portion would have sufficed. The scones were not bad, but I found them too crumbly. They broke too easily with your fingers, and to pair it with Philadelphia brick style, cream cheese, made it even worse! Not good. Stick with the clotted-cream, please! The desserts were good. Not too sweet and a perfect bite-sized portion.
|Even yummier truffles!|
The service could have been better. The staff was great, but the logistics was terrible. There didn't seem to be enough of each food item for everyone at the tables. One side of the room didn't receive any cupcakes and additional scones were offered at the end of the whole sitting. Trays were being moved around from place to place so that each person could get their share. It would have been better if more platters were used and distributed evenly across the tables, that way no one would have to stretch over others to take something or scream over each other to pass something over.
As always, hanging out with friends for interesting conversation and laughter is what makes the whole experience most pleasurable. I would definitely head back to Stock if they make tea events a regular part of their service and only if they've worked out all the kinks to proper tea servicing. Otherwise, Mr. Trump, you're fired!
|Norm and his thoughts on the 20% tip!|